Chile's clementine season has concluded with a 3% growth in the exported volume over the previous season, totaling 51,792 tons, the Citrus Committee of Chile-ASOEX reported.
The main destination market for these Chilean citrus fruits was the United States with 51,371 tons, accounting for more than 99% of total clementine exports. It is followed at a great distance by Latin America, with 300 tons; Europe, with 70 tons; the Far East, with 46 tons; Canada, with 9 tons, and the Middle East, with only 5 tons.
According to the President of the Citrus Committee, Juan Enrique Ortuzar, this was a good season for clementines. “We had very good fruit, even though the volume was not what we had expected, however, the demand from the US market was very strong because consumers are looking for healthy foods that are rich in vitamin C. This has helped clementines to become one of their favorite fruits.”
Ortuzar also stated that the sector had faced the difficulties caused by the spread of COVID-19 throughout the season. "All prevention and control measures were taken very seriously, so the entire production, export, shipping, and unloading at destination processes worked very well," he stressed.
He also said he was optimistic about the 2021 season because they had better rains than in previous years, more snow has accumulated and the soils have become a bit more saturated. "Thanks to the water reserve, we can be optimistic about the clementines' coming season,” he stated.